Random Steorn update (still no product though)
This isn’t a news item particularly, it’s more of an “I haven’t looked at these guys for a while, what are they up to” sort of post. I guess one of the things we all do while bouncing around the interweb is make a mental note of interesting companies and products and check up on them occasionally.
No? Just me? Ah well. The subject of this update is a small Dublin based startup called steorn.
Steorn, in case you missed it last year, made a huge splash when they announced that they’d accidentally stumbled upon a way of making a device generate more power than was used to run it. This is called “violating the first law of thermodynamics”, “perpetual motion”, or “complete cobblers” depending on who you speak to. To say it’s a pretty big claim is an understatement – if true it pretty much rewrites the laws of physics as we know them. To do it accidentally is… well, you can see why people are skeptical!
So – what’s happened since they made this rather startling announcement?
Well – over the past year we’ve seen a very nice website appear. We’ve seen a fairly busy forum which seems to attract the usual complement of fanboys (“Steorn are going to change the world, it’s the end of Big Oil”) and detractors (“Steorn are a scam, they’ll disappear with the money”). We’ve had tantalising hints about the technology – magnets are where it’s all happening, apparently. (Funny thing – whenever someone mentions free energy, perpetual motion or anti gravity magnets always get the starring role)
They’ve chosen the scientists who will independently verify their claims and those tests are in progress.
Lastly, they’ve now named the technology “Orbo” and the big news is that there’ll be a public demonstration of it in London in July this year. What form that will take is yet to be disclosed. It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with though, so watch this space!
This wikipedia entry pretty much sums up the story to date, for those who have never heard of them before.